Learning the game while in college, Ted was a latecomer to volleyball. He learned the game through the many friendships he made with the UW-Milwaukee coaches and players of the early 1980s when UWM was an NAIA powerhouse. His support for the Panthers transitioned from a fan into a variety of support roles including being a line-judge, a scorekeeper and ultimately a referee.
Countless hours were spent talking about the game with the players and coaches, playing pepper and hanging out at the Klotsche Center hoping to be selected to play in one of the rather infamous and quite intense lunchtime games. All of which, needless to say, delayed his graduation by a few years. Still, he says, it was time well spent and he claims to have a degree.
After graduation and short stint as a State Trooper, Ted returned to the Milwaukee area taking a job with the State Public Defender’s office. That job allowed him to resume his love affair with the game of volleyball, playing in adult leagues and refereeing high school matches.
He met Colleen Houk, who was coaching at Pewaukee High School, while officiating. She invited him to try coaching. With thanks to the good humor of the players at Pewaukee who put up with his inexperience, and being especially thankful to Colleen for her advice and guidance, Ted developed into a competent coach.
Ted is currently in his 23rd season as the varsity head coach at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. He has also been with the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club since it was founded back in 1989 as a small, four-team operation. He has been the club director for Sting since 1996, overseeing the club’s growth to the current size of 32 teams.
At CMH his teams have won six state championships. In club he has coached at virtually all age levels, 13 through 18. His Milwaukee Sting 17 Gold team won the 17 Open division at the 2001 GJNC.
Ted has been involved with the Badger Region since the inception and incorporation. He was on the original Board of Directors and with his current appointment starts his second term of office.
He can be contacted at any time via the email address shown above and he welcomes feedback and input from all junior clubs: directors certainly, but also players, parents and coaches.